Mental Health Resources For Children & Families

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Foster Care American Initiative, identifies mental and behavioral health as the “greatest unmet heath need for children and teens in foster care.” Children and youth in and from foster care can receive services from multiple agencies, including County Behavioral Health (each county has a 24/7 behavioral health access line), their school or school district, their Medi-Cal provider, and the Adoption Assistance Program (if applicable). Depending on your child’s needs, one or all agencies can provide the services. We encourage parents to pursue services through all agencies and continue advocating for the right services until the needs of their child are met.


Calm Kits – Mental Health Toolkits for Children & Families

Child Mind Institute – Video Resources for Families

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community

Parents & Caregivers for Wellness Training Presentations

Reducing Stress and Building Resilience for Caregivers

Reducing Stress and Building Resilience for Providers

Accessing Mental Health Services for Children

Understanding Trauma/Reparative Parenting

Emotional Wellness

My Body Belongs to Me

How Violence Affects My Child

Bullying of Children and Adolescents

Supporting Parents in Advocating for their Child

Taking Care of Yourself

Compassion Fatigue

Building Your Crisis Toolbox

NAMI Resources


Somewhere to Turn – Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Adoptive and Guardianship Families

Implementation Guides and Toolkits with great resources for families.

For Private Child Welfare Agencies

For County Behavioral Health Agencies

For Public Child Welfare Agencies

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